Current needs for prayer:
Here’s how you can be praying for Charleston Community Church:
- Give thanks for all the people that come to the drop-in cafe at the church throughout the week. Pray that we would continue to have good gospel conversations and that it would be used to bring many people to Christ.
- Pray for our addiction recovery group bible study. Dundee has a huge drug problem (we are Europe’s drug death capital) and it’s what we see everywhere in the scheme. We have around 6-7 folks that come from the scheme to study the Bible with us every Wednesday morning. Pray that they would be set free from the power of sin and find freedom in Jesus.
- Pray for our youth work as we try to kickstart it again after a year long hiatus caused by COVID restrictions. Give thanks for good contact with mums in the area through the parent & toddler group we run.
- We are seeking to run a number of different outreach programmes like a seniors lunch for the elderly and an English Speaking Class for the many Syrian and Polish people in our scheme. Pray these would be effective means of getting the good news of the gospel out in this scheme.
- Pray for the launch team here, that we would be proactive in loving one another and helping one another grow in holiness. Pray for a real depth of our love for Jesus and a zeal to build each other up and make Christ’s gospel known. Many of us still feel pretty knackered from the lockdown.
- Give thanks for new people that have moved into the scheme to be part of the church plant in recent weeks and months.
Charleston is a scheme in the west end of Dundee with a population of just over 4,500 people. Like most housing schemes in Scotland, it has high unemployment, a high crime rate, and high instances of drug and alcohol abuse. Around 35% of the residents in Charleston are unemployed and 60% of them live in the bracket of the 15% most socially deprived people in Scotland. This is an area of great social need but the greatest need is spiritual. The 4500+ people in this area need the truth and hope of the gospel more than anything else.
Hope for Charleston
In 2017, St Peter’s Free Church of Scotland began to assemble a planting team, led by Andy Robertson. Then in 2019, 20schemes and the Free Church partnered together in the work in Charleston.
Charleston Community Church have not yet launched and are in the planting phase. They have recently rented an old building in the scheme that used to be the post office. After renovation this building is now used as the basis for ministry throughout the week, serving as a place for people to drop in, a café, an office and a base for Sunday Bible study for the residents of Charleston. There have been a number of locals attending Sunday Bible study with a couple of them recently making professions of faith. There are also a variety of youth programmes for babies to teenagers.
“We want it to be a church made up of people from Charleston that will do four key things: REACH the lost with the gospel, TEACH people how to live obediently to Jesus, TRAIN future gospel leaders and SEND them out to other parts of Dundee and Scotland.”Andy Robertson